March technically marks the beginning of spring and I think we are all ready to say goodbye to this winter, right?! Thank you to the families who participated in and attended our annual International Night. This is one of our favorite events because we get the opportunity to learn so much about where some of our families come from. It is an awesome way to celebrate our diversity. We hope you consider sharing your heritage with us next year!

This will be a relatively quiet month for the PTA as PARCC testing gets underway, but there are a few events to keep on your radar.


A PTA Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 3rd. At this meeting, members voted to update the PTA Bylaws, which is a requirement of our organization every 3 years. Minutes from the meeting will be available through a link in your Thursday email blast.

Spring clubs will be held every Wednesday until April 1st. Due to a lack of parent and staff availability, there are a very limited number of clubs being offered this session. We hope to offer more clubs and more variety in the fall, so if you have a talent you would like to share with our students, please consider volunteering your time to run a club!

Jersey Mike’s Subs will be hosting a Dining Out WEEK from March 9-12th! Bring the flyer that will go home in folders on Thursday, March 5 or simply mention McAuliffe PTA and our school will receive 15% of the proceeds from the whole week’s sales. Feel free to go multiple timesJ


The current PTA board has all served the maximum number of years at their current positions. We will be in need of new officers next year. If you are interested in learning more about a board position, please contact Sarah Barrett. Elections will be held at the May PTA Membership Meeting.

Our annual Courtyard Cleanup will be held on Saturday, April 25th. This is an awesome opportunity to help beautify the school while hanging out with friends. Student Service Learning Hours are available as well. If you are interested in helping plan this event, please contact Marianna Kasprzak (contact info below).

Lastly, it may not feel like spring yet, but it won’t be long before plans will begin for the end of the year Spring Carnival! This year the Carnival will be on a Saturday (June 6) and will last 5 hours giving us a lot more time to enjoy a large variety of games, activities, and bounce houses! To make this the awesome event we know it can be, we will need lots of help. If you are interested in being a part of our team, please contact Sarah Barrett (contact info below)


We are thrilled to report that we are up to 215 members! That’s our highest membership total ever! But we know there are still many families who are not part of the PTA, and it’s never too late to join. We want to be sure that our membership is as diverse as our community, so if you haven’t done so already, consider joining today! JOIN ONLINE through PayPal! Your support means a lot and your membership dues help fund a wide range of classroom resources and activities!

PTA Exec Board

Sarah Barrett, President. email: phone: 301-452-7104

Holly Jankowski, Vice President. email:

Eliane Bartholazzi, Treasurer. email: phone: 301-972-6697

Marianna Kasprzak, Secretary. email:

Minutes from 2014-15 PTA meetings can be found by the following links:

(No October Meeting)
(No December Meeting)
(No February Meeting)